Malaysia's newly-minted eighth Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced emergency lockdown measures this evening (Mar. 16) to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The lockdown will take place on Wednesday (Mar. 18) and last until the end of the month (Mar. 31).
In other words, all Malaysians will not be leaving the country.
In a public televised address, Muhyiddin stated that mass events will be cancelled, including cultural, social, sports and religious events.
All places of worship and businesses will close, except for markets, supermarkets and shops selling sundry goods.
Muhyiddin also stated that all Malaysians returning to Malaysia will undergo self-quarantine for 14 days.
All tourists and foreign visitors coming into Malaysia are barred.
Malaysians are also barred from travelling abroad.
All childcare centres, schools and tertiary education institutes will close.
Government facilities providing essential services will remain open, such as pharmacies, power plants, telecommunications and transportation facilities.
Malaysia has 553 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of March 16, with 511 in hospital, and 42 recovered cases.
Top image from Muhyiddin Yassin's Facebook page.